Today's much anticipated Heavyweight clash between Kyotaro Fujimoto (9-1, 5) and Nobuhiro Ishida (25-10-2, 10) ended up being a surprisingly close affair on the score cards.
The bout, which finished just moments ago saw Fujimoto winning a unanimous decision with scores of 77-75, 77-75 and 77-76.
From what we understand Ishida was the unfortunate party in the decision with the former Light Middleweight champion being the more aggressive fighter. Although coming up 4 weights he seemed much, much stronger than anyone had expected and at times seemed to bully the naturally bigger Fujimoto. Whilst we had assumed Ishida would have to rely on his speed he seemed willing to trade with Fujimoto who had his moment though appeared to be thoroughly out classed at times. However Ishida certainly seemed to tire in the second half of the fight and it was possibly that that helped Fujimoto take home the victory.
From what we've been told Fujimoto was asked about a rematch and seemed to hint that he would prefer not to share the ring with Ishida again.
We would like to see a 10 round rematch for the title, especially considering how competitive this was though we have a feeling the JBC may have other ideas. Forcing a mandatory with Ishida would be incredibly interesting however and it would force Fujimoto's hand somewhat as to whether or not he would honour the title.
For those wanting to watch the contest, we are under the belief that it will be shown in early May on tape delay on TBS. We hope to have more information as it becomes available though we've heard both the 7th of May and the 9th of May being mentioned.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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